Saturday, April 19, 6:00 PM
MAGIC ON MUSIC MOUNTAIN
(2014, 48 minutes, Dir. Gary P. Cohen and Michelle Massa)
From 1949 until 1970, St. John Terrell’s Music Circus in Lambertville, NJ presented Broad- way musical comedies and the top jazz, folk and rock-n-roll artists of the time period. “Sinjin” Terrell was the first in the country to create a theater-in-the-round housed under a huge circus tent, it served as the model for 40 similar tents scattered arond the country. The first decade or so of the Music Circus was devoted to Broadway musicals through which many stars began their careers including Bernadette Peters, Dom DeLuise, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Goulet. Once the tent moved to a larger location about a mile away, artists such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, The Four Seasons, the Supremes, The Lovin’ Spoonful and Liberace gradually replaced musical theater. This documentary tells the story of this amazing venue through interviews with people from both sides of the curtain, including set designers, musical directors, stage managers, attendees, and performers such as Olympic skater Dick Button and Vince Martell from The Vanilla Fudge.
Magic on Music Mountain is the latest project from Gary P. Cohen and Paul Kaye, the filmmakers behind NJ horror classic VIDEO VIOLENCE, which was screened at the 2013 Cinedelphia Film Festival. Gary and Paul will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.